15 Greenhouse Gardening Tips for Growing the Best Plants and Maintaining the Ideal Greenhouse

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Like any activity, greenhouse gardening has all kinds of tricks and tips to learn from. Whether you want to optimize your greenhouse, grow the best plants or just make your gardening less work, learn from those who have done it before. Here are 15 tips to help you out in the greenhouse. This is a growing resource. If you have any of your own greenhouse gardening tips feel free to add them to the comments section below!

  • Make your own compost. Compost is the fairy dust of greenhouse gardening, and mixing your own compost costs nothing, is simple, and is rewarding.
  • Incorporate coffee grounds, shells of eggs and milk to your compost to add additional nutrients for growing even bigger plants.
  • Worm bins are fantastic sources of nutrients for your greenhouse garden.
  • When using tap water to water your crops, make sure to let the water sit overnight in a container to make certain the chlorine goes away.
  • Many plants (particularly flowers) will thrive when cultivated in a mix of sand and manure rather than potting soil.
  • Use drip watering systems when cultivating seedlings.
  • Spray the walls and edges of your greenhouse with a hose to keep down the volume of whiteflies and spider pests.
  • Store water in big barrels beneath your gardening seats to heat and cool your greenhouse naturally.
  • Clean your greenhouse regularly to help protect against mold and insect infestations.
  • Consistently water plants with room temperature water.
  • Sowing pumpkins or cucumbers between rows of corn allows you to make good use of your greenhouse space.
  • Corn grows best when placed in blocks, not rows.
  • Hand pollinate items like cucumbers, squash and melons. Female flowers employ a swollen base under the bloom while male flowers don’t. Peel back the flower petals of a male flower to access the stamen and sweep the pollen onto a female flower.
  • Allow bees into the greenhouse as they assist with pollinating your plants.
  • Visit Greenhome Gnome regularly and register for a greenhouse gardening magazine to stay current on the most up-to-date greenhouse gardening tricks and tips.

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